Winslow LifeRaft Company of Lake Suzy, Florida (Stand C524), has come to MEBA with one primary mission, said George Byer, the company's vice president sales, "We need to locate a repair and overhaul facility in the Middle East" that can repair and service the company's life rafts.
Winslow LifeRaft (Booth No. 209) has introduced a new lightweight reversible life raft called ReversaSmart. The company says the new raft dramatically increases survival odds because its canopy is fully erected at deployment, thanks to two features it calls RightUp and SmartArch.
For those who operate aircraft over water, knowing how to ditch is an important safety issue. So is having the right equipment. Eastern Aero Marine, based in Miami, claims 15 lives have been saved in three aircraft ditchings in the past six months after crew and passengers used its inflatable survival gear products.
Dart Helicopter subsidiary Apical Industries gained EASA approval for its pop-out/emergency floats for the Robinson R44 and R44 II, the company announced. The floats represent a lightweight, easy-to-install option for operators who routinely or even occasionally fly over water, Apical said, adding that the kit is also suitable for installation on the R44 Clipper.
For Michael Smith, the trip from Japan back to the states in a Pilatus PC-12 was intended as simply a little moonlighting, a job he took to make a few extra dollars and garner a little more international experience.
Switlik Parachute won a contract to provide its U-Zip-It aircrew dry suit to the U.S. Coast Guard. The dry suit, which can be viewed at Switlik’s booth (No. 722), features a low-slung zipper that makes the suit easier to slip on. To help aviators move more freely, the suit includes articulating elbow and knee patches.